I'm starting to have my hands full with veggies coming in - which is always exciting, and I now have to decide whether I want to can of freeze the surplus. I'll probably do both. Anyway, here are a few pictures for the garden watchers (and hair watchers too, I guess, since my garden 'do will be included - though it is nothing to write home about).
Here I am in front of some of my tallest tomatoes. These are grape and cherry tomatoes so you can't really see them from the distance.
And some of the tomatoes ripening in the kitchen, mostly heirlooms.
Here are beans from yesterday.
Here's a close-up of my 5-second garden updo. It's super comfortable and stays in place and is soft on my hair so there is no damage. I don't care if it's stylin' or not... in fact, I reckon it matches my stylin' garden clothes - including this shirt that has holes in the back - ha! Well, it's hot here and I need the ventilation... yeah, that's it...
Actually, Mike is kneeling behind the plant goofing off - making it look about two feet taller than it is - ha! It is a large plant, but not quite that big! And this is actually showing almost two full plants.
I am having a time with some of my poor paste tomatoes. I noticed about three weeks ago that they were getting black spot, so ordered an organic fungicide. And waited and waited. It never showed up. And during that waiting time, we had lots of rain and humidity and the black spot got worse and worse. I couldn't find the fungicide locally, so got a refund from the first place and ordered from a different place. It should be here tomorrow. But in the meantime, some my paste tomatoes were hit really hard. Here is how the leaves looked.
And how they looked after I cut off all the diseased branches and leaves.
But the peppers are doing great.
And I'm still getting Japanese Ichiban eggplants and this Black Beauty just coming out, along with one other variety.
And the okra and mints are doing great as are the sweet potatoes, though the deer got to them through the wide mesh, so Mike fixed that problem with some smaller mesh on top of it.
I'm about ready to pull out all the cucumbers though. Even though I've sprayed them every other day with neem, the cucumber beetles and squash bugs are causing some of the plants to wilt. I like cucumbers, but am begnning to think it's not worth the effort and aggravation! I planted quite a few plants hoping to get enough and I've gotten a lot so far. But right now... when it gets in the middle of the summer and hot and muggy, I just don't want to deal with those wretched bugs. The squash bugs stink to high heaven every time I stomp on one and the cucumber beetles just laugh and fly off. The one cucumber plant I have on the deck away from the garden is totally bug free, so I think next year I'll just plant three large pots of them up here and be done with. Yep.
Tomorrow will be blue jay update day. We had an adventure yesterday!